This summer I will be running from Baltimore to San Francisco with other young adults for 49 days, a journey of over 4,000 miles! We will be running with the Ulman Foundation, working to raise support, money and awareness for young adults who have been impacted by cancer.
As many of you know, I was a part of the 4k for Cancer back in the summer of 2020 when it was made virtual due to the COVID pandemic. While the idea of getting to actually travel across the country and having an in person experience this time around is really exciting, I am mostly looking forward to the idea of getting to make an even bigger impact in the cancer community by throwing myself into this adventure for a second time.
When I heard about the 4k a couple of years ago, I was immediately intrigued; running across the country for this cause that means so much to me? Count me in! But at the same time the idea also seemed so scary! I was still facing heavy fatigue from my own treatments, and running was very challenging at the time because the tumor scar tissue in my chest made physical activity painful. So how in the world was I going to run 6-16 miles per day? Participating in the 4k also felt scary because it required me to speak up about how cancer has so deeply impacted my life, something that has never been easy to do. Given all this it feels pretty surreal to know that I’ve signed up for 4k for Cancer for a second time!! This cause is so personal to me and the idea of helping others going through the same thing that I did has motivated me to step far outside of my comfort zone.
I'm so excited to be raising money for the Ulman Foundation throughout this process, as I know so much of what they do would have helped me when I had cancer at 17. They work with patients not only during treatment but also into survivorship or end of life care; helping patients throughout the entirety of their journey. The Ulman Foundation addresses the unique problems that young adult patients face and provides a support system that gives hope and stability at a difficult time.
I’m also so excited to be a part of the 4k to show people currently going through cancer or recovering from cancer that life gets better! & that the future can be a very bright place filled with lots of cool opportunities (like getting to run across the country for a cause you really care about). Life doesn’t stop when cancer starts- sometimes it’s just a (big) bump in the road :)
My fundraising goal is to reach $6,000. Please consider donating to my cause; any donations big or small would be so appreciated and mean the world! Your generosity can make a huge impact in someone’s life by helping to foster a community that stands behind patients during treatment, and life after treatment.
So YAY here we gooo!! 4k for Cancer- part 2!
Each year more than 89,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Young adults (ages 15-39) face a variety of unique challenges with a cancer diagnosis including social isolation, fertility preservation, insurance concerns, delayed diagnosis, and survivorship.
The Ulman Foundation changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. With your support, Ulman is able to provide free services and resources for the young adult cancer community through programs that focus on patient support services, housing, survivorship, and scholarship. Learn more about young adult cancer and our impact here.
THANK YOU EVERYONE SO SO MUCH !!! So many kind and generous donations lately and I'm feeling so excited about it! We totally blew through my goal of $6,000 (which is crazy because I didn't know that was possible!) so I've bumped it up to $7,000 woohoo Thank you all for your help in supporting young adults with cancer :)